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Dublin Pride Parade 2016 | © Giuseppe Milo / Flickr
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Things to Do During Dublin Pride 2017

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Updated: 21 June 2017
Dublin’s LGBTQ Pride Festival is underway, bringing an array of inclusive, inspiring and, most of all, fun events to the Irish capital – the majority of which are free to enter. Here’s how to spend the weekend making the absolute most of Dublin Pride 2017.

Find Your Inner Hero in Art Exhibition

📅 Thursday, June 22nd, 10 am

Artistic types will want to check out this exhibition, opening on Thursday and running for a week at The Doorway Gallery on South Frederick Street. Getting right under the skin of the theme of this year’s Dublin Pride Festival, ‘Find Your Inner Hero’, it sets out to ‘explore how gay men connect with images and forms that inspire them and help them to connect with the hero within’.

📍 The Doorway Gallery, 24 South Frederick St, Dublin, Ireland

The Pantibar Ceilí (or Gaylí)

📅 Thursday, June 22nd, 9 pm

Much-loved gay bar Pantibar on Capel Street will become a hive of Irish music and dance on Thursday night, as local Irish dancers and musicians are accompanied by festival revellers to participate in a ‘gaylí’ (aka a céilí, a traditional Irish social event, given a Pride-worthy twist).

📍 7-8 Capel St, Dublin, Ireland

Pride - Dublin, Ireland | © Giuseppe Milo/Flickr
Pride – Dublin, Ireland | © Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

Pride Warm Up at Street 66

📅 Friday, June 23rd, 9 pm

Although popular gay bar The Front Lounge on Parliament Street changed ownership in late 2016 to become Street 66, the venue will still play a big part in Pride 2017. Friday night will see a celebration of the eve of the main festivities, in the form of an 80s-tastic drag show with Dublin drag queen Veda and drag queen/DJ Pixie Woo. Later in the evening, Dublin Bears social club will also be onsite, celebrating Dublin Bear Pride.

📍 33-34 Parliament St, Dublin, Ireland

The Pride Parade

📅 Saturday, June 24th, 2 pm

The festival’s main event, the Dublin Pride Parade, officially begins on Saturday the 24th at 2 pm sharp, but a free pre-parade rally will kick off at St Stephen’s Green South from midday. After two hours of inspiring speeches and energising performances, the parade will depart from here and follow a different route than previous years, travelling through the heart of medieval Dublin and crossing the Liffey at Merchant’s Quay, before continuing to Smithfield Square. The square will play host to the central parade after party, with a main stage of live entertainment plus food, drink and floats.

📍 Beginning at St Stephen’s Green South, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Pride Parade 2016 | © Giuseppe Milo/Flickr
Dublin Pride Parade 2016 | © Giuseppe Milo / Flickr

All-Day Pantibar Block Party

📅 Saturday, June 24th, 2 pm

Those who were in Dublin for the historic vote on marriage equality in 2015 probably have fond memories of celebrating at a block party outside Pantibar, and the post-Pride festivities here are equally memorable. Hosted by the beloved bar’s equally beloved owner, drag queen and national treasure Panti Bliss, it kicks off at 2 pm. Expect music, performance and an abundance of craic.

📍 7-8 Capel St, Dublin, Ireland

Mother Pride Block Party

📅 Saturday, June 24th, 4 pm

‘Subterranean queer club’ Mother will come above ground for Pride 2017, collaborating with Smirnoff to hold a major block party on the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre. Panti Bliss herself will play a DJ set, joining Mother’s own dream team of DJs, while their outdoor stage will see a performance by Eurovision winner Loreen. Also promised: ‘food stalls, bespoke interactive installations, and everything needed for a bangin’ proud block party.’

📍 138 Francis St, Merchants Quay, Dublin, Ireland

Pride Saturday at The George

📅 Saturday, June 24th, 3 pm

It wouldn’t be Pride without a visit to The George. As one of the oldest and most iconic gay bars in all of Ireland, this is the place you want to be on Pride Saturday. You can be sure that the party here will rage into the wee hours without ever flagging, with a schedule crammed with back-to-back DJ sets.

📍 89 South Great George’s Street, Dublin, Ireland

The George, Dublin | © William Murphy/Flickr
The George, Dublin | © William Murphy/Flickr

Gold Post Parade Tea Party

📅 Saturday, June 24th, 3 pm

Non-drinkers might prefer the slightly calmer setting of The Outhouse LGBT community and resource centre for their post-parade celebrations – they’re hosting an alcohol-free event at their HQ on Capel Street. You can also buy your flags and other merchandise at the café here before the parade, with the proceeds going towards funding the services provided at the centre.

📍 105 Capel St, Rotunda, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Pride Parade 2016 | © Giuseppe Milo/Flickr
Dublin Pride Parade 2016 | © Giuseppe Milo/Flickr

Hangover Acoustic Sessions

📅 Sunday, June 25th, 5 pm

Winding things down after the main events of Saturday, Street 66 wants to ease your sore head through a laid-back acoustic music session on Sunday, where you can sit back, relax, and reflect on another great Pride.

📍 33-34 Parliament St, Dublin, Ireland